Rovio Says It's Working on Lightweight Angry Birds for Android
Article by George Norman
On 22 Nov 2010
Helsinki-based software developer Rovio Mobile came out with some bad and some good news. The bad news is that the incredibly popular Angry Birds for Android game, which was downloaded more than 2 million times in 4 days since its launch, does not work on some Android-powered devices. Rovio Mobile said it is “aware that a number of our fans have had trouble running the game on their devices” and highlighted the following officially unsupported devices:
  • Droid Eris
  • HTC Dream
  • HTC Hero/T-Mobile G2 Touch
  • HTC Magic/Sapphire/Mytouch 3G
  • HTC Tattoo
  • HTC Wildfire
  • Huawei Ideos/U8150
  • LG Ally/Aloha/VS740
  • LG GW620/Eve
  • Motorola Backflip/MB300
  • Motorola Cliq/Dext
  • Samsung Acclaim
  • Samsung Moment/M900
  • Samsung Spica/i5700
  • Samsung Transform
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini
  • T-Mobile G1

Rovio Mobile also said that devices running Android platform version below 1.6 or custom ROMs are not officially supported and that older and lower performance Android devices are experiencing severe performance issues.

Here comes the good news: in a future update, Rovio Mobile will address these performance issues and will add support for more Android-powered devices. And here’s more good news: Rovio Mobile said it is working on a lightweight version of Angry Birds for Android and thus make the game available on just about any Android device you can think of.


“From the beginning, we have wanted to make Angry Birds available for every feasible Android device. So far, we have hesitated to create multiple versions of Angry Birds for the Android platform. But judging by the feedback we have received, we feel that by providing a lightweight solution, we are doing a favour for our fans. We are currently developing a lighter solution to run Angry Birds on lower end Android devices. This does not mean lighter gameplay or a lesser amount of levels, but a game experience optimized for devices with less processing power,” said Rovio Mobile.

Angry Birds for Android graduated out of Beta mid-October. Earlier this month Rovio Mobile released v. 1.4.2, the first big update for the Android version of Angry Birds.

Chief Technology Officer of Scio Security, Jon Oberheide, recently used Angry Birds as a ploy to showcase a serious Android vulnerability.

Tags: Rovio, Angry Birds, Android, Google
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